Competitiveness in South East Europe

A Policy Outlook

Future economic development and the wellbeing of citizens in South East Europe (SEE) depend more than ever on greater economic competitiveness. To underpin the drive to improve competitiveness and foster private investment, an integrated policy approach is needed. This first edition of Competitiveness in South East Europe: A Policy Outlook seeks to help policy makers in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, and Serbia assess their progress towards their growth goals and benchmark them against the good practices adopted by OECD countries and the performance of their regional peers. This report addresses 15 policy dimensions critical to competitive economies that draw on the South East Europe 2020 Strategy (SEE 2020), a regional growth strategy drawn up by the Regional Cooperation Council and adopted by SEE governments in 2013. The qualitative assessments presented herein use scoring frameworks to enable regional comparisons. A participatory assessment process – that brings together regional policy networks and organisations, policy makers, independent experts and the private sector – ensures a balanced view of performance.

Published on February 26, 2016

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Foreword and acknowledgements
Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Methodology and assessment process
Investment policy and promotion in South East Europe
Trade policy and facilitation in South East Europe
Education and competences in South East Europe
Research, development and innovation in South East Europe
Digital society in South East Europe
Cultural and creative sectors in South East Europe
Transport in South East Europe
Environmental policy in South East Europe
Access to finance in South East Europe
Tax policy in South East Europe
Competition policy in South East Europe
Employment policy in South East Europe
Health policy in South East Europe
Effective public services in South East Europe
Anti-corruption policy in South East Europe
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